Monday, November 23, 2015

OWLA Meeting - Wednesday, December 2

  Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting       
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM

Welcome Members and Guests
Call to Order
I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of November 4, 2015 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot 
IV.    Committee Reports             
            A.  Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council - Jim Beckwith
                  1. Owasco Lake Management Plan - Jim Beckwith; Bob Brower
            B.  Communication - Carolyn Hiza
            C.  Water Testing/Monitoring - Ken Kudla; Drew Snell
            D.  Strategic Planning Update- Bob Brower
            E.  Membership Update - Rosemarie Romano
                  1. Cove Captains; Watershed Kit - Jean Canizzo; Linda Vitale
            F.  Ad Hoc Notification Group - Jean Canizzo; Bob Brower; Linda Vitale

V.      Old Business 
              A.  March to Lake Day 2016 - Bob Brower
              B.  Lake Day - Rick Nelson
              C. Whole Farms Best - Practices - Ken Kudla
              D.  Cayuga County Budget - Jim Beckwith
VI.    New Business
              A.  Manure Management Working Group - Jim Beckwith
              B.  Owasco Yacht Club; Cayuga County Sportsman's Club - Jim Beckwith
              C.  Other
VII.  Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)

We value your opinions and ideas regarding OWLA and encourage you to participate in OWLA meetings.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Come see the Owasco Flats Nature Reserve - Sunday Nov. 29th

You are invited to come take a walk with some of the Owasco Flats Nature Reserve (OFNR) Board members.  We would like to meet you in person and show you what your membership means to us and the Reserve.

We’re taking a hike!  Come join us on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:30pm to hike the Owasco Flats 1.6 mile loop trail at the Owasco Flats Nature Reserve.  Several board members will be there to meet you and talk about improvements that were made at the Owasco Flats over the past few years.  Rain date is December 5th.

Directions:  From Moravia, go approximately 3.5 miles up Route 38 (west lake road). From Auburn, take Route 38 about 18 miles to Cascade and the parking area and kiosk is on your left. We will meet at the Route 38 parking area (at the kiosk) at 1:15 pm.   The walk takes about an hour.

The trail takes you on the old Lehigh Valley Railroad track, along the Owasco Inlet north up to Owasco Lake and back to the railroad track.  The trail is flat, and can be muddy this time of year, so wear your boots.  Donuts and cider will be provided at the picnic table, which is located to the left of the parking lot, immediately after our walk.  If you are not interested in taking a hike, you are welcome to meet us for refreshments around 2:30 pm.  We hope to see you there!

Best regards, 
Sandie Doran
President of the OFNR, Inc.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Public hearing on the budget meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00 PM,

November 15, 2015

Dear Members of OWLA,

We need OWLA represented at the  on the 6th floor of the Cayuga County Office Building so we can prove to the County that there is support for Owasco Lake. County legislators are making budget decisions at that meeting. If you can not attend this meeting, please send an email or letter to your County legislator, demanding support.

The County is cutting funding to Owasco Lake through the Soil &Water Conservation District budget, Cornell Cooperative Extension budget, and Planning; Health Department budgets. These cuts will affect Owasco Lake because all four departments spend part of their budgets on helping Owasco Lake survive. It is imperative that we let legislators know the importance of funding to protect Owasco Lake.

To reach your legislator click here: Cayuga County Legislators

For additional information from a story in The Citizen, click here: Citizen article

We also remind you that the next public meeting of the Manure Management Group is on Monday, November 16th at Cayuga Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee Street, Auburn, NY, 13021, at 7:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support.

James L Beckwith, President
Owasco Watershed Lake Association